Bolton - 8/16/2006 8:10 AM Erich, Type to me about the boat. How do you like it, quality ride, type to me my brother!!!
Dude, it's a ball! I've taken her out on Old Tampa Bay with moderate chop, and she handles just fine. The cat hull breaks the chop very well. I was able to push through it at 25mph OK, not bad for a 13 foot boat.
The FastCat is a great go-between of PWC and Runabout. She's fun to thrash around, but has room to get up and stretch your legs for a bit, and carry the camping gear. With a hole-shot prop, she'll pull a skiier, wakeboarder, whatever, no problem. The Fourstroker mounted right behind you is tolerable...wouldn't want a 2 cycle for the racket and vibes.
It seems to be a tough little boat, the floors don't creek when you walk around, and the gunwales are high and steep. She doesn't draft much at all, allowing beaching with just about anyone, including your PWC pals.
The center console setup makes it great for a flats fisher. The Cat Hulls make it easy to stand on two feet, without all the rolling of a typical V hull.
The only downside I have found is that it's sensitive to lateral weight distribution, as any small cat would be. With two people aboard, the one not driving needs to sit centered up front, not in one of the side seats. You could get around that by carrying coolers, gear, and stuff on one side, and the other meat bag in the opposite. As long as she's balanced, the ride is great. Oh, and she turns like the twin-hull race boats, flat. That is, until you go past about 20 degrees, then she'll carve in the inside hull. She actually turns better on choppy water. Glass smooth water is great for all out speed, but she kinda sticks when turning. It's basically the same issue float planes have on glassy smooth water, too. It's just a little different to get used to, that all. At slow speeds, she'll turn inside her own length at full throttle...FUN! Very nice for docking and loading, too.
One of the best features (the one the wife liked the best) is that it fits inside the garage! It can be solo launched like a PWC.
The guys that designed them and built them are two of Glacier Bay's former top engineers and designers.
Their website is accurate and informative:
I got a great deal on mine at www.boatandmotorsuperstores.com
in Palm Harbor...they are one of only two dealers in FL.
Where exactly is Big Pine Key? Maybe we could hookup on the water?
Here's a pic of me taking my mom for a spin, literally